A simple listing of tremolo pedals with tap tempo or dual speed functionality that provide greater (or complete) control over the rate and speed of the effect.
This curation is an extension of our best tremolo pedal roundup, meant to be a more cleanly sorted list containing only tremolo pedals with tap tempo or dual speed functionality. We've combed through Reverb, Amazon and some obscure search engine browsing to find all the tremolo pedals that contain these features, should they be something you're looking for.
This list is simply meant to be a pre-filtered sorting mechanism. It's not a review, recommendation or ranking.
It's just a place where you can find all the tremolo pedals with tap tempo functionality in one place, for browsing and comparison.
If you're looking for other types of effects, checkout our best guitar pedal resource page.
Difference Between Tap Tempo and Dual Speed Tremolo
Tremolo pedals almost always have a rate knob, yet many of them have no way to control that knob outside of adjusting it by hand. A tap tempo and dual speed control are the two primary ways to get around that, allowing you to control the rate of the tremolo effect with your foot.
Both of these are usually implemented via a second switch on the pedal.
Tap tempo allows you to control the rate of the tremolo by repeatedly tapping the switch at the speed you want the effect set at. A dual speed control is a selector switch that allows you to jump back and forth between two speeds.
We've included both in this roundup, though there are far more tap tempo options.
Tremolo Pedals with Tap Tempo
Image via Strymon
In a tremolo pedal, tap tempo can be implemented in one of two ways. The most common method, as I mentioned, is an additional button on the pedal for "tapping" the tempo in with your foot. The less common alternative is to make the tempo adjustment available via an external footswitch, which can either be a button or volume-style foot pedal.
Most of the tremolo pedals in this list have the tap tempo built into the actual stompbox. Where an external footswitch is required, we've made note of it. All of the links lead to either an Amazon listing, Reverb entry or product homepage. If the pedal is discontinued or not available via major retailers, Reverb will typically have it.
Note that we have not been paid or received free products from any of the companies listed. Also keep in mind, this is a curation and not a review.
If you know of a tap tempo tremolo pedal that we've missed, hit us up the comments section and we'll include it.
Strymon Flint Tremolo and Reverb (external footswitch)
Tremolo Pedals with Two Speeds or "Dual" Modes
Image via JHS Pedals
Dual speed tremolo pedals, that allow you to basically switch between two knob settings, are far less common. They're also far less functional, though still preferable to having no method of speed control outside of a rate knob. You'll see them mostly in the boutique guitar pedal arena, with the most popular models coming from Fulltone, BBE and JHS Pedals.
Anything to add?
When you incorporate smaller manufacturers and boutique pedal makers, there are a lot of different tremolo pedals out there with a tap tempo built in. There may even be some mainline options we're missing, particularly if they've been discontinued.
However, this is a running list that we intend to update as time goes on.
In that regard, we could use some help.
If you know of a tremolo pedal with tap tempo or dual speed controls, drop us a line in the comments section, along with a link to the pedal's manufacturer or sales page and we'll include it in this write-up.
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